Didier Drogba Names 2 Things Nicolas Jackson Must Do to ‘Solve’ Goal Scoring Problems at Chelsea

Didier Drogba Names 2 Things Nicolas Jackson Must Do to ‘Solve’ Goal Scoring Problems at Chelsea

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
April 23, 2024 at 6:42 AM
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  • Didier Drogba has shared his pearls of wisdom with Nicolas Jackson
  • The Senegal international has come under scrutiny for missing chances
  • But the iconic Drogba has named 2 things Jackson should work on

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Didier Drogba recently shared some valuable advice with Nicolas Jackson, the embattled Chelsea forward, who has faced criticism for his inefficiency in front of goal despite reaching double figures this season.

Despite netting 13 goals in his debut campaign with Chelsea, Jackson has faced scrutiny for his missed opportunities.

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Didier Drogba has identified 2 key areas Nicolas Jackson must work on in order to shine at Chelsea. Photos by Mike Hewitt and Alex Pantling.
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Although he has managed to find the back of the net on 13 occasions across all competitions, per Transfermarkt, the Senegal international could have capitalised on more scoring chances.

Jackson's struggles are evident in his conversion rate, with only 32% of his 'big' chances being converted this season.

This places him 25th out of 26 players across Europe's major leagues with at least 30 shots in all competitions, according to ESPN.

In Chelsea's recent FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City, the 22-year-old had numerous opportunities to score but failed to convert them, adding to the criticism he has faced throughout the season.

Drogba's words of wisdom to Jackson

However, club legend Didier Drogba has come to Jackson's defence, offering words of wisdom to help him improve.

The Ivorian, renowned for his prowess in front of goal and his ability to deliver in crucial moments, shared two key pieces of advice for the beleaguered ex-Villarreal striker to enhance his performance.

"Keep your head High UP and never stop working hard; it will pay off," the retired football wrote on X (formerly called Twitter).

Chelsea manager defends Jackson

In the same vein, Chelsea manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has defended Jackson ahead of the London Derby against Arsenal, as reported by Sports Brief.

Speaking about the 22-year-old, Pochettino praised his performance, stating that the attacker is doing a fantastic job for the team, contributing with running, scoring, and assists.

He acknowledged the challenges of the first season but expressed confidence that Nicolas will continue to improve and contribute more in the future.

Jackson among prolific Africans in Europe

Sports Brief also reported on Nicolas Jackson making the list of the top 10 African goal scorers across Europe's top five leagues.

His profligacies have been well highlighted. Nonetheless, the 22-year-old joins a host of other sharp-shooting players on the continent racking up goals in Europe.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.